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Antoine Arnault Predicts the ‘End of Bling’; Richie Rich Collaborates With Drag Bar Lucky Chengs

Victoria Beckham.
Victoria Beckham.

• Antoine Arnault, heir to LVMH, says he hopes the era of bling will soon be over. “Especially in a world in economic crisis: you don’t want to be seen with evidently expensive products. Just something that is beautiful.” [Telegraph UK]

• Famed East Village drag bar and restaurant Lucky Cheng’s moves to midtown, and will collaborate with Richie Rich on merchandise including makeup and false eyelashes. [The Local/NYT]

• Victoria Beckham is on the cover of Numéro Tokyo. [Fashionising]

Chanel’s eight-day, invite-only Las Vegas exhibit included a re-creation of Coco’s apartment, a fancy Chinese New Year–themed dinner, and carnival claw games where guests tried to grab mini Chanel gift bags. The objective? “To surprise and delight people.” [WWD]

• On February 7, Anna Wintour will host a fund-raiser with Scarlett Johansson at Theory in the meatpacking district as part of President Obama’s campaign initiative, “Runway to Win.” [NYP]

• A Jason Wu for Target billboard has gone up in Tribeca. [Fashionista]

• Entrepreneur Ralph Bartel increased his stake in Lanvin from 12.5 percent to 25 percent, giving the fashion house a capital increase of 17.5 million euros, or $23.2 million. [WWD]

Andrej Pejic covers D La Repubblica magazine. [Design Scene]

• KCD announced a new web initiative, www.digitalfashionshows.com — an invitation-only platform where people can watch pre-taped runway shows on their computers, iPads, and mobile phones. The website will go live on February 15 with Prabal Gurung’s first collection for Onward Kashiyama’s ICB. [Style]

Sophia Kokosalaki collaborated with Asos.com on a collection of ethically made clothes. [Telegraph UK]

• Steve Madden acquired a license to market merchandise in Canada, with plans to expand ownership to Asia and Latin America in the next few years. [WWD]

• For a Yves Saint Laurent retrospective exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, eight Project Runway alumni designed five looks inspired by YSL for a runway show on March 30. [Fashionista]

• British rap artist Tinie Tempah sat front row at the Lanvin menswear presentation in Paris. He filmed the runway in its entirety on his cell phone, but could have just clicked here to see pictures and video from the show. [WWD]

• Male model turned actor Boyd Holbrook joins the cast for the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s not-Twilight novel, The Host. [ONTD]

Arnault Sees End to Bling; Richie Rich x Chengs